SINGAPORE – The 20th edition of the World Gourmet Awards was hosted online for the very first time this year via a live stream on Facebook.
A total of 38 awards were presented to F&B establishments, chefs, sommeliers and restaurant managers, in celebration of new and outstanding talents from the food industry.
There were four new award categories introduced this year, including the first-ever Sustainability Award, Meiko Green Waste Solutions - Green Initiative Award, USA Rice Federation Chef Apprentice of the Year and USA Rice Federation Chef Mentor of the Year.
The Sustainability Award was presented to Sebastian Kern of Grand Hyatt Singapore for demonstrating sustainable operating practices.
The hotel also clinched the Meiko Green Waste Solutions - Green Initiative Award as the establishment installed a trigeneration plant to achieve waste and water reduction and better utilise resources and energy.
Chef Jolene Sng, from At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy, picked up the USA Rice Federation Chef Apprentice of the Year for excelling in her culinary studies. Meanwhile, the USA Rice Federation Chef Mentor of the Year was awarded to Chef Julien Royer, who is a French chef and the co-owner of Odette in Singapore.
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One-Michelin star restaurant Burnt Ends snagged Huber’s Butchery Restaurant of the Year award, which recognises a restaurant that demonstrates consistent excellence in food, atmosphere, service, and operations.
For Hobart New Restaurant of the Year, Singapore’s first rooftop spritz bar and restaurant VUE Bar & Grill picked up the honours.
“We are thankful to have a modern way of producing events in a creative manner that does not put anyone at risk. 2020 will be the year that changes the way the F&B industry operates. The journey ahead will be fraught with obstacles that only the nimblest, passionate and determined will survive. It is important for us to continue to support the industry and strive for business sustainability,” said Peter Knipp, founder of the World Gourmet Summit.
The full list of awards are as follow:
USA Rice Federation Chef Apprentice Chef of the Year - Jolene Sng, At-Sunrice GlobalChef Academy
Electrolux Professional Asian Cuisine Chef of the Year - Ivan Yeo, The 1925 Brewing Co. (Joo Chiat)
Montreux Patisserie Baker of the Year - Sim Li-Shenn, Carpenter & Cook
USA Rice Federation Chef Mentor of the Year - Julien Royer, Odette
MKN Chef of the Year (Female) - Melissa Revilla, Dempsey Cookhouse
MKN Chef of the Year (Male) - Angus Chow, GAKE
Angliss Singapore Corporate Chef of the Year - Rick Stephen, SATS Catering
Halton Executive Chef of the Year - Eric Cheam, Sheraton Towers Singapore
USA Cheese Guild Innovative Chef of the Year - Teo Yeow Siang, 3 Embers Culinary Craft
Luzerne Junior Chef of the Year (Female) - Wendy Poh, Food Bank Singapore
Luzerne Junior Chef of the Year (Male) - Ryan Nile Choo, CatFish Restaurant
Cacao Barry Pastry Chef of the Year - Kent Ng, Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Fabristeel Rising Chef of the Year (Male) - Koh Han Jie, Elfuego
Welbilt Rising Chef of the Year (Female) - Aeron Choo, Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar
Q Industries Food & Beverage Manager of the Year - Selvam Gnana, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore
Tai Thong Wine & Spirits Mixologist of the Year - Christyne Lee, Tess Bar & Kitchen
Luzerne Restaurant Manager of the Year - Brandon Tan, The Dragon Chamber
Phuture Foods Restaurateur of the Year - Loh Lik Peng, Unlisted Collection
Cuisine & Wine Asia Rising Sommelier of the Year - Lisa Jeon, Park90
Asia Wine Network Sommelier of the Year - Neil Simon Claudio, Burnt Ends
Chope Asian Cuisine Restaurant of the Year - Paradise Teochew
Faema Café of the Year - Common Man Coffee Roasters
Hobart New Restaurant of the Year - VUE Bar & Grill
Wine Concierge New World Wine List of the Year
VUE Bar & Grill - Zafferano Italian Restaurant & Lounge - Silver
The White Rabbit – Gold
JAAN by Kirk Westaway - Platinum
Wine & Philosophy Old World Wine List of the Year
Dolce Vita - Silver
JAAN by Kirk Westaway - Gold
Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare - Platinum
Foodservice Consultants Singapore Restaurant Design of the Year - Birds of A Feather
Huber’s Butchery Restaurant of the Year - Burnt Ends
Limwood Group Specialist Bar of the Year - Mitzo Restaurant & Bar, Grand Park Orchard
Winterhalter Caterer of the Year - 3 Embers Culinary Craft Pte Ltd
USA Cheese Guild Gourmet Distributor of the Year - Artisan Fine Foods
USA Cheese Guild Gourmet Retailer of the Year - Ryan's Grocery
Marrone Hospitality Institution of the Year - Asian Culinary Institute Singapore
Meiko Green Waste Solutions Green Initiative Award - Grand Hyatt Singapore
Q Industries Hospitality Star (Sustainability) Award - Sebastian Kern, Grand Hyatt Singapore
Lieu Marketing Lifetime Achievement Award - Chef Tony Khoo, Corporate Executive Chef, Pan Pacific Hotels Group
Indoguna Singapore Lifetime Achievement Award - Ms Margaret Heng, Chief Executive, Shatec
Hall of Fame (Sommelier of the Year) - Mr Daisuke Kawai, Co- founder & Chief Sommelier of La Terre
Hall of Fame (Gourmet Distributor of the Year) - Classic Fine Foods
For more information, go here www.worldgourmetsummit.com